skymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 592 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1717 times:
It seems that a lot of flights were heavily delayed this AM due to "weather" in ATL. However, the FAA web site showed no delays of any sort, contrary to airline information. It was the announced on my flight that the delays were airline operations driven, to avoid a fine for "sitting on the runway too long", as defined by the government.
We were told that there was "ice and snow" in ATL, causing horrible delays (my 8:30 TLH -> ATL finally took of at 1:11 and arrived at 2:20 into dry partly sunny weather).
Speculation (and I repeat speculation), is that this was a political statement about the approach to the problem, not a practical approach. The airlines have long suggested that they should monitor the situation themselves, rather than letting the government pass "feel good" legislation, in response to a few (but valid and mis-managed) situations.
Luckily, ticket counter friends who I have known 20+ years and came to my rescue, but it appears that a LOT of folks may have been inconvienced.
Now, I fully understand that an airline is a VERY complex business, and that a pro-active approach to IROPS is better than reactive, but I have to wonder about today -- realistic or political?
Anyone have ides?
Thanks ... and I hope everybody who transited ATL today made it to where they were going safely!
luckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
There was snow in the Atlanta area. It was predicted to be worse than it turned out to be. Given that ATL is not an airport that frequently has to handle such operations the airport (like much of the city of Atlanta) goes into a state of chaos when three snowflakes fall.
Johnberg From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1644 times:
Completely agree. My flight from ATL to MDW @ 8:00 this morning was cancelled last night as well as the flight to ORD at the same time. Yet, when I finally got to ORD via Detroit (coming from Tampa) this morning all the ATL flights were landing on time. Looked at all the flights from ATL to CHI when I got home and most were on-time or had minor delays. So now at the slightest threat of bad weather we are going to see cancellations and delays because people can't be aboard a flight for too long. Politicians and government groups keep adding to the airline industry problems not helping them.
Both, expect it to keep happening too. I don't blame them, I would do the same(or just take the fine).
Now we did get snow, and it started to stick, but as soon as it let up that was it. We were going to have to deal with ice but we didn't come close to getting the snow/rain/ice that we were going to get.